American citizens generally like order, not confusion. We appreciate beauty, aspire to be an exceptional country, and want to see respect given to whom it is due. We don’t see these attributes in the news. It’s like we are being shielded from the good. The world appears lop-sided, and we are bystanders to the fray.
So, I heard a media clip the other day of a man saying he didn’t understand why Americans would pay so much attention to the royals. He ruminated, “Why is the news media giving the royal funeral so much attention?” And then he speculated, “Perhaps Americans secretly long to return to a monarchy” (or words to that effect). Um, no.
Most of America, I think, wants to be a country that respects Creator and country, defends the cause of right, appreciates beauty, and commemorates our 246-year history unrevised and truthfully told by words of the people who lived it. We want to give respect and honor to whom it is due. That is why we get choked up at a military ceremony, visit places of American history, or fly our flags.
Could this be why Americans are tuning in to the funeral events for Queen Elizabeth II? Yes, I have read the condemning reports about the monarchy. I’m not blind, and neither are you. We don’t want a return to a monarchy or live under an oligarchy or any government that places any human being in control over us. As Founding Father John Adams said, ”[We are a] Government of Laws, Not Men.”
We miss being united. We miss certain traditions. We miss dignity and order. We miss seeing leaders who pass on American values to children. That’s probably why the United Kingdom is getting some of our attention this week.
We remember our American values and traditions, and we miss them- and each other.
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship.🇺🇸
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